Gender: Male Meaning of Leon: "lion" Origin of Leon: Greek variation of Leo Leon's Popularity in 2019: #209

Leon Origin and Meaning

The name Leon is a boy's name of German, Greek origin meaning "lion".

Leon is one of the leonine names that is extremely hot in Europe right now. Although it peaked here in the 1920s, it is slowly making its way back, and it could climb further with parents wanting a more serious and studious alternative to Leo.

Russian Marxist revolutionary Lev Davidovich Bronstein is known to history as Leon Trotsky. Leon (LAY-on) has been the name of three French prime ministers and was recently in the news via then Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta. Leon Russell (born Claude) is a respected singer-songwriter, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie used Leon for their son Knox's middle name.

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Rank in US: #209

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Leon's International Variations

Léonce, Léon (French) Leonid (Russian) Leonti, Leos (Slavic) Leoncio (Spanish) Leonzio, Leone (Italian) Leo (German)


richardkr34 Says:


#1 for my wife and I at this point in time

eveyalecia Says:


Leon from Eloise at the Plaza!!! Yes, that's always my first association, too. :) I also think of Sir Leon from BBC's Merlin.

AriellaBar Says:


My great-grandfather's name. He was known as Arieh (lion of god) in Yiddish, and I am named after him. He was born in Romania but fled to Cuba. Leon worked well in both countries.

maibritt Says:


I love this combination for twins. It gives them a connection, but they are not so similar. I also love Nora and Aron.

maibritt Says:


that is because Leon is a quite popular name in Germany at the moment

headintheclouds Says:


I love many of the Leo- variant names, and I've always ranked Leon highly on the list. To me, it's a "complete"-sounding name, versus Leo which I feel is too short to be a full name (it's a nickname to me!).

Leon is more timelessly classic than some dated Leo- variants like Leonard, and more distinguished and buttoned-up than some of the more romantic-adventurous choices like Leonidas. That sweet middle spot that Leon occupies is really what I really love about it.

(I've always associated Leon with the adorable royal boy from the Eloise at the Plaza movie (:)

Abigail Says:


Toni Kroos, my favorite soccer player, named his son Leon. I love this name. Also because I love the band Kings of Leon.

Ivory88 Says:


What a nice, underused name!

Guest Says:


it's generally Lee-ahn but I think in French they say Lay-own

vintageluvs Says:


Is it pronounced like Leone (lee-ohn) or more like Leo with an n (lee-ahn)?

Renee5322 Says:


Always liked this name. It's also "Noel" spelled backwards :)